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The white battleground of this title is the vast frozen expanse of the Arctic wilderness concealing not only the North Pole and the Northeast and Northwest Passages, but also the bones of countless men to whom exploration of this area was worth more than life itself. White Battleground skims rapidly over the exploits of ten men who contributed most to the eventual disclosure of the territory's secrets:- William Barents, who knew more about arctic waters ""than any other contemporary navigator"", the Englishman, Martin Frobisher, who actually discovered Hudson's Bay by mistake; William Baffin and W. E. Parry who lived the drama of unfruitful search prior to 1875. Then Nils Nordenskiold, a Finnish aristocrat, made the first real breakthrough when he successfully navigated the Northeast Passage in 1879. Lt. G.W. DeLong, U.S.N., led a band of men who survived on cooking alcohol and used tea leaves while escaping from the North Polar ice. Nansen, Amundsen, Peary, and Byrd, whose adventures are well known, complete the roster. No living explorer is included, and no description provided of any current submarine investigations of the region. Although White Battleground covers many more events and consequently has more scope, it is not as well written as another current work of the same genre -- The Haunted Journey. (Doubleday, p.368) -- about the life of Vitus Bering. Dolan's style tends to get just a bit precious, especially in climactic sequences.

Publisher: Dodd, Mead